David Foster Wallace Archives Heading to UT

Even though literary writing icon David Foster Wallace made his home at Pomona College, somehow the University of Texas has wrangled close to 200 books from his own library, poems, college/graduate papers, manuscripts, research materials, short stories, et cetera.

DFW’s archives will slide into UT’s Ransom Center in close proximity to Norman Mailer’s and Don DeLillo’s. 

Materials for Wallace’s posthumous novel “The Pale King” are included in the archive but will remain with Little, Brown and Co. — Wallace’s publisher since 1993 — until the book’s publication, scheduled for April 2011.

“I saw the ‘Pale King’ manuscript,” [Center director Thomas] Staley said. “It’s richly annotated, very thick with lots of changes so you can get the full trajectory of it.”

Little, Brown is also donating its editorial files relating to the author to the Ransom Center, including correspondence and internal memos relating to “Infinite Jest,” the story collections “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” and “Oblivion” and the nonfiction anthologies “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” and “Consider the Lobster.”

Scholars and fans will get a special kick out of seeing Wallace’s juvenilia, including poems and a collection of letters that he wrote to his teacher in elementary school.

For some reason, Chuck Klosterman makes an appearance in the article talking about DFW’s influence on his writing.  How an editor let in a quote from another famous writer that has nothing to do with the article is beyond me.

According to Kottke, “The web site currently contains some tantalizing examples of what the archive will eventually hold, including the first page of a handwritten draft of Infinite Jest, his annotated dictionary — circled words included benthos, exergue, hypocorism, mendacious, rebus, and witenagemot — and some heavily annotated books he owned, including his copy of Players by DeLillo.” [via]

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